Imagining Zion

April 15, 2011|
Imagining Zion by S. Ilan Troen
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This timely book tells the fascinating story of how Zionists colonizers planned and established nearly 700 agricultural settlements, towns, and cities from the 1880s to the present. This extraordinary activity of planners, architects, social scientists, military personnel, politicians, and settlers is inextricably linked to multiple contexts: Jewish and Zionist history, the Arab/Jewish conflict, and the diffusion of European ideas to non-European worlds.

S. Ilan Troen demonstrates how professionals and settlers continually innovated plans for both rural and urban frontiers in response to the competing demands of social and political ideologies and the need to achieve productivity, economic independence, and security in a hostile environment. In the 1930s, security became the primary challenge, shaping and even distorting patterns of growth.

Not until the 1993 Oslo Accords, with prospects of compromise and accommodation, did planners again imagine Israel as a normal state, developing like other modern societies. Troen concludes that if Palestinian Arabs become reconciled to a Jewish state, Israel will reassign priority to the social and economic development of the country and region.
S. Ilan Troen is Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies at Brandeis University, Sam and Anna Lopin Professor of Modern History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Senior Fellow, Ben-Gurion Research Center. He is coeditor of Divergent Jewish Cultures: Israel and America, published by Yale University Press.
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Title:Imagining Zion
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:360 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:360 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:April 15, 2011
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300178531

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